Poble Espanyol is a unique town constructed from the re-creation to scale of 117 buildings from various regions of Spain. A peaceful and pleasant walk will show you the Peninsula’s variety of architectural heritage: from an Andalusian neighbourhood to Catalan Romanesque monastic architecture.

Travelling by foot and in a few minutes from Cordoba to Besalú or from Cangas de Onís to Medinaceli via Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Cáceres and many other parts of the Iberian Peninsula to discover Spanish popular architecture from another point of view is possible. This is the magic of the Poble Espanyol.

A peculiar village founded in 1929

We are talking about a village built on top of a mountain, Montjuïc. And this is precisely what it is: a village. With its main square and other smaller ones ,with streets full of traditional houses of various styles of Spanish architecture: Romanesque, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, Baroque… And also, gardens, fountains, medieval walls… including a monastery and a museum!

All these things are common features of most villages in Spain and they are perfectly summarized in the Poble Espanyol of Barcelona. This was exactly the goal of the creators of the precinct, built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition. In total, 117 constructions which are in fact full-scale replicas of other existing ones. The resemblance is so good that in some cases, they were used as examples for the restoration of the original building.

The architect Puig i Cadafalch came up with the original idea and his colleagues Francesc Folguera and Ramón Reventós materialized it with the help of the art critic Miquel Utrillo and the painter Xavier Nogués, who travelled to 1.600 towns in the whole península, taking notes and drawing in order to capture the real essence of Spanish architecture. An essence which cannot be transmitted through big monuments but more through popular buildings, small parishes or enchanting little squares, the result of many centuries of history. The project had so much success that the government of the time decided to keep the precinct for the future generations.



Some of the buildings you’ll discover...

These are some buildings from different regions you can find reproduced and well preserved in Poble Espanyol.

 


Albarracín

Albarracín (Teruel)

Aragón

Albarracín

Albarracín (Teruel)

Aragón

Albarracín

Albarracín (Teruel)

Aragón

Alquézar

Alquézar (Huesca)

Aragón

Antiguo Ayuntamiento de Sigüenza

Sigüenza (Guadalajara)

Castilla y León

Aranda de Duero

Aranda de Duero (Burgos)

Castilla y León

Ayuntamiento de Valderrobres

Valderrobres (Teruel)

Aragón

Arcos de la Lonja

Sos del Rey Católico (Zaragoza)

Aragón

Arcos de Sos

Jérica (Castellón)

Comunidad Valenciana

Belianes

Belianes (Lleida)

Catalunya

Ayuntamiento de Graus

Graus (Huesca)

Aragón

Besalú

Besalú (Girona)

Catalunya

Ayuntamiento de Sigüenza

Sigüenza (Guadalajara)

Castilla - La Mancha

Caldas de Reis

Caldas de Reyes (Pontevedra)

Galicia

Besalú

Besalú (Girona)

Catalunya

Calle Arcos

Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz)

Andalucía